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LUNCHEON: The Airport as an Economic Enabler for Growth in the Region

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Name: LUNCHEON: The Airport as an Economic Enabler for Growth in the Region
Date: November 29, 2018
Time: 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM AST
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The Airport as an Economic Enabler for Growth in the Region

How Halifax Stanfield is leveraging Atlantic Canada’s high-demand resources by moving people and goods around the globe. Hear from Suzanne Rix, Don Holdworth, Sarah Kutulakos and Bert van der Stege, as they share their experiences in tourism, export and investment and immigration. 

Our Panel:

Suzanne Rix, Citizen & Immigration Law Cox & Palmer,
Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany of the Maritime Province


Suzanne is a partner with Cox & Palmer’s Halifax office and practices in the area of citizenship and immigration law. She was called to the Nova Scotia Bar in 1998.

Suzanne regularly assists clients with Intra-Company Transferee Work Permit Applications, NAFTA Work Permit Applications, and Labour Market Impact Assessment-based Work Permit Applications, as well as Study Permit
Applications and Temporary Resident Visa Applications. She also assists clients with various types of Applications for Permanent Residence, including under the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program, Express Entry and the Nova Scotia Nominee Program, as well as Citizenship Applications and Permanent Resident Card Renewal Applications. Suzanne provides these services in English and German.

She is an executive member of the Canadian Bar Association National Immigration Law Section and Past Chair of the Citizenship and Immigration Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association (Nova Scotia). She also sits on the Grow and Nurture the Skilled Workforce Task Force of the Halifax Chamber of Commerce. Suzanne is the Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany for the Maritime Provinces.

Don Holdsworth,
VP Global Marketing, Clearwater

Don Holdsworth is the Vice President of Marketing for Clearwater Seafoods, a Canadian based, global supplier of wild caught, sustainably harvested seafood.  He is also the acting General Manager of the Lobster business.  Founded in 1976 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Clearwater has grown to become North America’s largest vertically integrated harvester, processor and distributor of premium shellfish. The company now sells over 90 million pounds annually to more than 40 countries around the globe, and has operations in North America, South America, Europe and China

Don joined Clearwater in January 2017, and is responsible for working with all facets of the organization to develop and implement Clearwater’s global marketing strategies.  Don works closely with Clearwater’s sales and marketing offices to execute marketing programs to drive demand and brand equity for its products.   This includes programs targeting foodservice network (restaurants and hotels), as well as supporting the newly launched Clearwater direct-to-consumer business aimed at leveraging the growing e-commerce and retail channels in China.   Don also manages the Lobster business, working with our sales and operations teams to drive growth of Live and Processed lobster to countries around the globe.

Prior to joining Clearwater, Don’s experience was in the Canadian packaged goods space, having held various marketing roles over 20 years with the Kraft Heinz Company and Whitehall-Robins (Wyeth) organization. Don is a graduate of the School of Business at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, and now resides in Halifax.



Sarah Kutulakos, MBA, ICD.D - 高诗如

Executive Director & Chief Operating Officer - 执行理事兼首席营运官
Canada China Business Council - 加中贸易理事会

Sarah Kutulakos joined the Council in 2007 and has revitalized CCBC’s role as Canada’s premier bilateral business organization by reinvigorating the council’s mandate to provide business services to its members, to be a catalyst for business, and to be a powerful advocate for the Canada China relationship. 
Prior to CCBC, Sarah worked for 11 years in marketing, product development, and management with Eastman Kodak Company, where she had multiple assignments involving China. Sarah has led both established and start-up businesses within the context of a global corporation and has broad emerging market business experience. She has been involved in the Greater China region since the late 1980’s when she lived and worked in Taiwan and gained a deep understanding of Chinese business practices at a high-tech startup firm.

A fluent Mandarin speaker, Sarah has an MBA from the Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester.


Bert van der Stege

Vice President Business Development & Chief Commercial Officer

Bert van der Stege joined HIAA in 2016 and is responsible for the customer airport experience and all revenue development, both aeronautical and non-aeronautical. This includes overseeing strategies to increase flights, destinations, passengers and cargo numbers; and to grow revenue from non-aeronautical sources including parking, shops, restaurants, advertising, and vehicle rentals. He also takes the lead to attract and retain terminal building tenants as well as the commercial development of airport property.

Bert brings 20 years of industry experience to the team. He has a diverse background in airline and airport management in both strategic and operational roles. Bert was awarded ‘Canada’s 2016 top talent in aviation under 40’ by Wings Magazine. Before coming to Canada, Bert travelled extensively and worked on six of the seven continents of the world. He spent 10 years at Lufthansa in a number of leadership positions and was Vice President Commercial and Chief Restructuring Officer with several regional carriers before joining Halifax Stanfield.

Born in the Netherlands, he studied International Business at universities in Groningen (NL), Auckland (NZ), Mainz (DE) and London (UK).


Hosted by:

Joyce Carter, FCPA, FCA, ICD.D
President & CEO, Halifax International Airport Authority

Joyce Carter is President and Chief Executive Officer of Halifax International Airport Authority (HIAA). Joyce joined HIAA in 1999, and since then she has been integral in HIAA’s growth and development, becoming Chief Financial Officer in 2006, Chief Strategy Officer in 2008, and President & CEO in 2014.

Ms. Carter is a board member of the Airports Council International (ACI) World Governing Board and is Vice Chair of the Canadian Airports Council, and currently serves as Board member and past President of the Board of Directors for the Atlantic Canada Airports Association. She also proudly serves as a member of Dalhousie University’s Board of Governors, and Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Waterfront Development Corporation Ltd.

She is past Chairwoman of the Halifax Gateway Council, a public/private group formed to pursue multi-modal transportation opportunities in the region, and served as a Board Member of the Board of Trustees of the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia for nine years.  

Ms. Carter has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Saint Mary’s University and is a graduate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nova Scotia.  In 2012, she was awarded the prestigious designation of Fellow Chartered Accountant (FCA).  She obtained the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD.D) designation in 2015, and was named one of Atlantic Canada’s Top 50 CEO’s by Atlantic Business Magazine in 2017 and 2018.    



Delta Halifax, Baronet Ballroom
1990 Barrington St.
Halifax NS  B3J 1P2

Date/Time Information:

Thursday, November 29th
11:30am - 1:30pm

Contact Information:
Tania Crouse Hardy, Events Specialist (902)481-1226

$54.95 / Table of 10 $549.50

Future Members:
$84.95 / Table of 10 $849.50
All prices subject to HST

Not-for-Profit / Student Discount available upon registration

Contact Kayla Whalen with questions or concerns about registration. 

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